After Drew Storen gave up a game tying homer to Scott Hairston in the top of the ninth, Hairston's second homer of the game, the Nats won on a walkoff with Rick Ankiel, still a National, diving head first across home plate. The win capped a series win for the Nats, who took two of three from the sizzling New York Mets.
In the early going it seemed as if the Nationals would have trouble against Mets starter Jon Niese, who cruised through five innings but ran into trouble, allowing two runs in the sixth.
Hairston tacked on one run in the sixth with a solo shot to cut the defecit in half, and would later tie the game with his second solo home run of the game.
Storen, going through his first trade deadline at the Major League level, may have been pitching on edge which could have lead to his blown save.
Storen called it, “the weirdest day of (my) career,” referring to anticipation of a possible trade. However, the Nationals are happy to still have Storen.
We're glad we still have Mr. Storen," manager Davey Johnson said of the player every team general manager Mike Rizzo spoke with asked about. "It's unfortunate he gave up that bomb today, but he's an important part of this ballclub."
Thanks to the Washington's heroics in the ninth, Storen collected the win in relief.
Next, the Nationals (51-56) will take on the Atlanta Braves (63-46) at home in an attempt to gain ground in the NL Wild Card Race.